In Master’s swimming last week I moved up a lane. This has been something I’ve thought about for a while and never quiet got the guts to do.
Well last week I did it!!!!
And it wasn’t pretty
This week wasn’t much better.
I’ve been noticing that my swim speed has gotten like….NO WHERE….since last year in January. It was starting to get me down. I kept wondering why the HECK I wasn’t getting any faster. I mean I have worked and worked and worked on my stroke and my technique. I’m one of those annoying Master’s athletes who is CONSTANTLY asking the coach for a pointer. And while this has help my form….it did not translate to a faster 100. Or 200. Heck a fast 50 for that matter!
So UP a lane I’ve moved. This morning as I headed to Masters I was contemplating how I could graciously move back down a lane. But I didn’t. I grabbed my toys and headed to that “faster” lane.
We start the 300 warm-up and I got to be honest, my warm-up in this lane is faster than my fast swim in the previous lane. It kicks my butt! And I end up like 25 meters behind (ok…more like 40) But ego be damned!!!!!! I WANT TO GET FASTER!
We will start the next set and I will jump on the persons feet in front of me. None of that “wait 10 seconds” ediquette for me!! Heck no! I want to try to stay close. I fight to stay on those feet. And before we get to the wall of the first 50 meters….I’ve fallen behind. Oh well…..Maybe next set
But then something happened today towards the end of the hour……I began staying up with the “fast kids!” I couldn’t believe it!
And here’s what I think….. I think I have a solid aerobic base that allows me to swim consistently for a long period of time. My endurance is there! So when they start slowing down…I am able to begin to keep up! How COOL is that?? A light at the end of the tunnel. (or line)
That gave me hope today. That I will probably be able to keep up with everyone some day. That I won’t finish a set as they’re starting the next. That I will be able to swim on someones feet for the whole workout.